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English Language AS/A2 Level at Huish Episcopi Science College

Course description

This course allows you to explore language in a variety of contexts, and to produce your own original writing. English Language covers a wide range of topics, from the history of English and its emergence as a global lingua franca to how writers and speakers craft and shape their language in order to achieve a particular outcome. You will study how language use varies by age, gender, locale, status and field, developing your ability to use and understand the nuances of language for your own benefit.

Course content

AS Course work 40%: Four pieces completed. Your writing will take a range of forms: Journalism, Narrative, Dramatic monologue and Spoken presentation.
AS Exam 60%: Analysing language and presenting self. You will analyse spoken and written language, understanding how speakers and writers use a range of devices to present themselves to an audience. You will use sources and research to develop a coherent view of how language functions.

A2 Research Project 40%: Hypothesis based investigation. The whole world of language analysis and exploration is open to you. You select a topic and create a hypothesis to investigate.
A2 Exam 60%: Language development and child language acquisition. You will study the history and development of the English language both within the UK and globally as well as the ways in which children learn to speak and write and how language develops in the brain.

Entry requirements

Normally, you will be expected to have GCSE English Language at Grade B or higher. It may sometimes be possible to take this course if you have GCSE English at Grade C.


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Future opportunities

If you are planning to go into employment after A levels, whatever career you plan to take GCSE English Language will give you an advantage. Employers will understand that your writing skills are sophisticated and your ability to think analytically can be applied to any subject. For the same reasons, A level English Language will be valued by university admissions tutors in all subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Huish Episcopi Science College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years